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Building Nest Structures, Feeders, and Photo Blinds
for North Dakota Wildlife

Nest Tub

A structure which has also proven to be effective in attracting Canada geese is the fiberglass nest tub. These tubs measure 32 inches in diameter and have an 8" sidewall with an additional 2" drop in the bottom of the tub. These structures are mounted on a 9 foot pipe after the pipe has been driven into the bottom of the wetland. The best time to erect these structures is during the winter when you can work on top of the ice.

Select a location where the water will be from 1 to 3 feet deep and, if possible, at least 50 feet from the shore. A stand of emergent vegetation such as bulrush is an excellent location. The pipe should extend out of the water at least 3 feet. Choose an area along the north or west shore or in a protected bay where it will be less apt to get pushed over by the ice action in the spring. More than one structure can be placed in a wetland as long as they are at least 200 yards apart. It also helps if the view from one to the other is obstructed. Nesting material should be placed in the tub by March 1 as Canada geese are early nesters. Put enough material into the tub so that it extends above the top.

Geese will not always find the tub the first year--do not be discouraged. Check to make sure the tub is filled with nesting material annually and that the tub has not been pushed over by ice.

Fiberglass baskets (tubs) for elevated goose nesting structures:

           Fiberglass Unlimited, Inc.
           South Highway 81
           PO Box 1297 
           Watertown, South Dakota 57201-1297

           Raven Industries, Inc.
           Plastics Division
           PO Box 1007
           Souix Falls, South Dakota 57101-1007

           Kenco Plastics Company, Inc.
           State Highway 21
           Necedah, Wisconsin 54646

           Pleasure Products Manufacturing
           2421 16th Avenue South
           Moorhead, Minnesota 56560

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